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FAA Bill Ready for Takeoff

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Feb 10, 2024

Sen. Maria Cantwell (D-Wash.), chair of the Commerce Committee, stated that the bill will put more FAA safety inspectors on factory floors and more air traffic controllers in towers. It also requires airlines to improve customer service by establishing mandatory refunds for flight disruptions and barring extra charges for families to sit together. The committee agreed to add five extra slots for long-distance flights at Reagan Washington National Airport (DCA) as part of the bill, despite opposition from local lawmakers who fear increased delays.
 
Senators Mark Warner and Ted Cruz expressed differing opinions on the bill. Warner voiced his disappointment with the addition of slots at DCA, saying that it is a bad idea. On the other hand, Sen. Ted Cruz stated that the bill will help ensure the FAA can improve its core mission of keeping the flying public safe. He believes that the legislation charts a course to address the aviation industry’s challenges, modernize the FAA’s operations, and nurture innovation in air taxis, hypersonic planes, and unmanned aircraft.
 
The bill’s advancement follows high-profile issues with aircraft safety, including an incident involving an Alaska Airlines 737 Max 9 flight that experienced an “explosive decompression” last month.

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